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David Garbutt QPM LLD Chartered FCIPD

Chair

NHS Education for Scotland

David has held Chief Officer roles with Lothian and Borders, and Grampian Police, and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2001 New Year Honours. He was Assistant Inspector of Constabulary before his appointment as Director of the Scottish Police College between 1998 and 2006. He has been a member of the Board of the Scottish Leadership Foundation and the Justice Sector Skills Council and has also served as the President of the European Police College. In this role he was involved with the Bologna and Copenhagen processes of accreditation and led the EU pre-accession negotiations on Police training with Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. David has also been an adviser on police reform and transformational change in a number of countries. In addition, he has extensive experience of working with the FBI and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

David is Chair of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in April 2018. From June 2009 until May 2018, he was Chair of the Scottish Ambulance Service. He led the Scottish Ambulance Service through a significant programme of transformational change and the implementation of a new strategic framework to deliver enhanced patient care. He is the Vice-Chair of the NHS Chair’s Group, Chair of the NHS Chairs Quality Portfolio Group and has implemented an extensive Quality Improvement development programme for Executive and Non-Executive Board members. He currently Chairs the NHS National Performance Management Committee and the NHS 70th Anniversary Steering Group. He is a member of the Everyone Matters Implementation Group and the Leadership, Talent Management and Succession Planning Group. Following his work as Chair of the Quality of Care Outcomes Review Group and membership of the HIS Quality of Care Design Panel, he currently serves on the Quality of Care Reviews Expert Reference Group.

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